Warning: Old Post Alert. I’m talking my 3rd ever blog post, how did you even end up here…
Lee’s Hall of information is back , this time its personal….. (well every week is)
The Trouble with social media (the blue kind)
Is Facebook the biggest superpower dictator of the internet?
That is the question I ask because many people who have a page related to a hobby/businesses/get rich quick scheme or any other campaign seem to care so much about numbers. Internet citizens can quickly become obsessed by getting that extra like or share.
But the reason I say dictator because Facebook host these pages in their territory and to me it seems they can do what they like. Buried deep within the small print of having a page is some very vague things called rules. But they only flex their muscles when these ‘rules’ have been broken. Example, I once shared the link of my book so much I wasn’t allowed to comment or post for a certain amount of time (fair enough as I was spamming but it does show they are watching, constantly)
Facebook handle business the way they want but in some instances that isn’t fair at all. If you have a page then you can directly relate to this. Have you ever made a post to loyal liker’s only to be told it reached a handful of people? My page currently sits a 116 likes and I know many of these people as mutual friends. They check their Facebook enough times a day to see my post (that’s if Facebook chooses to display is) My findings of recent is that FB prefer posts that don’t direct traffic away from their own site. (and of course want you to pay, but who likes those sidebar ads anyway?)
Another Example: When I released the pilot of this blog Facebook believed that the link I posted on my page reached 29 people. That was 31st of July.
Now looking at the figures word press told me (the kind website that hosts this blog) They informed me that I had 42 views.
The numbers conflict, but you have to allow a tolerance because not all people of Facebook who see the post will click on the link and read my blog. But still it gives a suspicious insight as to what Facebook are doing to control things. I don’t like it but where else can I go (well here instead, sign up to get email notifications and then you won’t even need Facebook to fail to tell you when the next issue is out)
(And please people stop taking photos of every meal and putting them up on nuisancegram, you are filling the internet up with junk, stop it )
So why am I talking about this? Well when my second blog arrived I only advertised it once on my FB page.
I was then informed that it reached 397 people! But the difference between the two releases is that the second blog was shared by people.
Is that all it takes to reach hundreds of people? Have I rediscovered the oxygen of internet success, and that is to go viral. There must be other people out there who feel the same pain as me.
Don’t get me started with twitter, I get 4 to 5 new followers a week and I don’t even think most of them are real!!
Introductions part 3 (yes that time again where I loosely talk about my writing history and try to put in at least one thing that’s kind of humorous, not to be mistaken with the healthy snack humus)
The summer of 2006 arrived and by June I had finished the initial draft of Jack Thorn. I will never forget that moment of typing ‘The End’ followed by ‘Jack Thorn will return’ and that was in fact only the beginning of my literary journey
A few years passed in which I attempted and failed to complete writing of the second Jack Thorn book. But in that time back stories were quickly developing. Outside of the now occasional writing sessions I spent many hours reading and grew into a huge Michael Crichton fan. His books merged real science ideas with fiction and a writing style that truly immersed me into his novels.
Only once before had I been truly immersed and that was by Arthur Conan Doyle’s lost world ( I was ten or eleven at that time)
So that was the defining moment for me, that being the realisation as to why I wanted to write. That being to write something that would immerse people into a world I created.
Back then I stood looking up at the mountains that I would still be climbing today, only then I hadn’t really started that journey.
2010 rolled around and I was 21. That was the year I would finally decide to go back fully into writing, but not pick up where I left off. But start again from a new beginning, that being Clark Thorn.
To be continued (yet again)
Much of the entertainment world is currently in mourning.
I felt compelled to write a tribute about Robin Williams, not to use his tragic death to get more reads but to simply acknowledge a man who to me was truly magic. In every role I watched he portrayed the parts with such realism and imagination.
My memories of Robin date back to great films such as Hook, Jumanji, Jack and Mrs Doubtfire. To me they were pinnacle films of my childhood. But the greatest quality he had to me was his appeal to all ages. Into my adult years I discovered his stand up appearances but still appreciate his parts in films for younger audiences.
What compelled and hit me the most was the amount of tributes pouring out from every corner of the social media networks. From video game meme pages to pro wrestling news pages, everyone paid tribute to a man who entertained, inspired and brought them laughter. That tells me that he meant so much to so many.
Thank you Robin Williams, Peter Pan, Mrs Doubtfire, Alan Parrish , Jack Powell, John Keating, Popeye, Mork and the many other characters you brought to life.